Women's lacrosse headed back to NCAA tourney

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 6, 2012

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's lacrosse team is in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in program history after earning a bid on Sunday night.
 
Complete pairings and printable bracket: http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/lacrosse-women/d3

The Mules will play host to Endicott College (12-5) in a first round game Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Bill Alfond Field. The Mules have hosted four opening round games and have won all the games by a total goal margin of 73-17.
 
Colby, with a win Wednesday, would play the winner of the first round game between Messiah and Rensselaer at a site to be determined. If Trinity wins its first round game, the contest would be in Hartford.
 
After making the New England Small College Athletic Conference title game for five straight years from 2007 to 2011, the Mules (13-2 overall) were upset by Hamilton College in a quarterfinal game more than a week ago. Colby will head into the tourney with more rest this year after not playing the league semifinal and championship games during this weekend. Trinity College went on to win the 2012 title and the automatic bid to the national tourney.
 
Middlebury College and Amherst College are the other two NESCAC teams in the tourney. The NCAA took four NESCAC teams this year after five were selected a year ago.
 
Sophomore attacker Lindsey McKenna leads the Mules in scoring with 39 goals and six assists for 45 points. She has scored 82 goals in just two years and has 10 assists for 92 career points. Meanwhile, senior Claire Donegan will get another chance to play at home Wednesday and has had a fine year with 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. She has 66 goals and 80 assists for 146 career points.
 
Sarah Lux (10 goals, 22 assists), All-American Kate Pistel (21 goals, 6 assists), Katie Griffin (18 goals, 2 assists), Tess Petesch (15 goals, 5 assists), Alex Mintz (13 goals, 7 assists), and Lane McVey (10 goals, 8 assists) are other top scorers for the Mules.
 
Despite the loss of key defenders from last year's team, Colby has been solid in back in front of goalies Michelle Burt (7.57 GAA, .537 save percentage) and Claire Dickson (8.27, .520). Kirsten Karis has team-bests for 35 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers. Kat McCarrick (24 GB, 16 CT), Meg Mooney (22 GB, 13 CT), and Lisa Hoopes (14 GB, 14 CT) are the other starters on defense.
 
Colby's NCAA Tournament History
2011
* Beat Norwich 17-4 in first round
* Beat Hamilton 6-5 in second round
* Lost to Cortland 15-4 in quarterfinal
2010
* Beat Southern Maine 16-5 in first round
* Beat Cortland 10-9 in second round
* Lost to Hamilton 14-9 in quarterfinal
2009
* First round bye
* Lost to Middlebury 9-3 in second round
2008
* Beat Eastern Connecticut 19-3 in first round
* Lost to Hamilton 13-6 in second round
2006
* Beat Plymouth State 21-5 in first round
* Lost to Bowdoin 11-8 in second round


 
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